Does the cold weather cause the "winter vagina" phenomenon?
Some experts believe that the low temperatures of winter impair the vaginal condition and impair sex life, but not everyone agrees.
The midwife and senior clinical nurse, Mary Burke, explains how you can detect vaginal dryness and what measures you can take to prevent it
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Monday, 29 November 2021, 00:18
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It is true that it is still quite hot, but very soon winter will come and with it bad news for your sex life: According to one of the experts in the field, dryness in the female vagina may be due to lower temperatures and heating activated in homes.
While these two are known to definitely cause dry skin, Mary Burke, a former midwife and senior clinical nurse at the Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery Clinic at London Bridge, told the British Sun that this dryness can reach even the most intimate areas during the winter months.
"The dry air of autumn and winter dilutes the moisture from our bodies, leaving our skin dry and cracked and the sinuses dehydrated. And while this is an issue few will want to discuss openly - the vagina may enter a 'drought period' especially at this time. When the heating works in them, we actually live in air that carries very little moisture, and the dryness we feel can often affect every inch of our body - including our most intimate areas. "
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Winter has arrived and with it bad news for your sex life (Photo: ShutterStock)
Other lesser experts agreed with Burke's remarks.
Gynecologist Dr. Jen Gunter went against the idea that changes in the weather affect a woman's intimate areas - and refuted the concept of "winter vaginas". "The vagina functions quite well in all seasons," said Dr. Gunter, "it maintains a constant temperature because it is inside our body and the human body temperature rises alongside the outside temperature only when someone suffers from heat stroke."
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If we put the argument aside for a moment, vaginal dryness is definitely a very crippling condition that can affect women of all ages, and can cause unbearable pain during intercourse.
1. Discomfort, irritation or burning sensation.
2. Discomfort during intercourse.
Difficulty teasing and reaching orgasm.
4. The surface of the vagina is pale and thin.
5. Narrowing or shortening of the vagina.
6. Need to urinate more than usual.
7. Recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs).
Although this is a very common problem, it is likely to have a greater impact on women who are past (or have already reached) menopause.
Other factors such as certain medications, diabetes, breastfeeding or childbirth can also increase the likelihood of vaginal dryness.
In addition, in some cases low levels of the female sex hormone, estrogen, can be the cause.
The British Health Service recommends using a vaginal lubricant or moisturizer to try to relieve symptoms, and to resort to treatments such as vaginal estrogen and hormone replacement therapy (HRT) if necessary.
In addition, Mary says that the risk of vaginal dryness can be reduced by making some major changes in our lifestyle - especially in the diet.
Here are 9 of her important tips:
1. Apple juice
Vaginal dryness can be the result of a hormonal imbalance.
This balance can be restored by adding foods that contain phytoestrogens to your daily diet.
Phytoestrogens are herbal compounds that mimic the action of synthetic estrogen.
Phytoestrogen-rich foods include apple juice, cherries, flaxseed and other oilseeds.
Apple juice rich in phytoestrogens that help hormonal balance (Photo: ShutterStock)
Green leaves have long been considered effective in strengthening overall health, thanks to the many nutrients in them and the nutritional nitrates they contain.
They are also good at preventing vaginal dryness and increasing blood flow in the body.
Greens are rich in vitamin E, calcium and magnesium, which helps muscle health, including the muscles in your intimate areas.
The balanced pH of the vagina should remain in the range of 3.8 to 4.5.
If it falls out of this range, you may experience some discomfort.
Watermelon is great for pH harmony.
The fruit contains citrulline, which helps to relax the blood vessels in the body and leads to good blood flow.
Watermelon is great for pH harmony (Photo: ShutterStock)
Many experts believe that coconut is great for detoxification and can also help in the fight against vaginal infections.
Coconut water contains lauric acid which can repel harmful bacteria.
Beta-carotene is a pigment found in orange fruits and vegetables, such as pumpkin, carrots and sweet potatoes.
Beta-carotene - which is converted to vitamin A in the body - has long been linked to fertility, as it helps support the strength of the uterine walls.
Adequate consumption of beta carotene in the daily diet should also improve the overall health of the vagina.
In sweet potatoes you will find beta-carotene which helps with the strength of the uterine walls (Photo: ShutterStock)
6. Lower pressure
When women are stressed, their condition can lead to what is known as "menopausal sex," even if a woman is not at this stage in life.
In such a situation estrogen levels may drop, which can cause the skin to become dehydrated.
One way to fight this is to increase your intake of vitamin C.
Performing any type of exercise is a great way to lift the mood and reduce stress.
It is also proven to help blood circulation in the body.
Taking care of your heart health therefore increases blood flow to the vagina and often improves vaginal health and sexual function.
Exercise helps blood flow to the vagina (Photo: ShutterStock)
The air is able to hold less and less water as it gets hotter.
This means that as soon as you turn on the heating, the humidity in the air in your home also decreases.
This can lead to drying of your skin - including the area down there.
A good way to increase the humidity level is to get a humidifier.
A cheaper alternative would then be to leave a bowl of water on the radiator, which would allow moisture to evaporate into the air.
9. No bubbles in the bath
It is true that this is a nice treat, but fragrant soaps and bubble baths can irritate sensitive tissues.
These soaps actually affect the natural pH of the vagina so they should be avoided.
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